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NEW areas for wildlife will be created as part of a revamp of a nature reserve.

West Sussex County Council will begin work next month on improving Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve, near Bognor. The involves creating new habitats for wading birds.

Councillor Lionel Barnard, who is responsible for Pagham Harbour at the county council, said: ‘By starting the work now, we can ensure it will be finished long before the arrival of the wintering waterfowl.

‘The work to re-profile Ferry pool will provide a better habitat for the range of wildlife that visits Pagham Harbour.’

The nature reserve is home to several important bird species, including lapwings and redshanks.

Cllr Barnard added: ‘This restoration work is so important as nationally there has been a dramatic decline in the amount of lowland wet grassland in the UK.

‘These areas are exceptionally important, particularly for birds and wildlife.’